This is my first spot on the Zaryk book tour. Interested? Intrigued? Come back tomorrow for the next post! You can find the post here, it will be live at 12:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time on the 25th of June.
~ Synopsis ~
**Not intended for those under 18. Contains mature content.**
One fatal moment tears Zaryk’s life apart and he struggles to cope with his loss and grief. Years later, with his band ‘Twisted Epiphany’ on the cusp of success, Zaryk is finding the answers in partying and alcohol. Enter Lyndsay, a shy college girl who gives Zaryk hope that there can be happy endings in life. But one night of passion ruins his dreams of something more meaningful and spoils their friendship. Misunderstandings drive them apart and Zaryk is soon lost in a different world as ‘Twisted Epiphany’ become ever more famous. Will he get the chance to tell Lyndsay how he feels? Or will Zaryk’s stardom and Lyndsay’s insecurities keep them apart?
A story of passion, love, loss and the pressures of fame, ‘Zaryk’ is the first in the ‘Twisted Epiphany’ series that follows Zaryk, Zayne, Zayden, Deklan and Kreed as they take their band from small town success to world-wide phenomenon.
She pushes her lips against mine. She bites my lower lip and my mind goes haywire. The wheels are disengaging and my brain threatens to completely shut down. That one little move drives me crazy.
I lace my fingers with hers and I lead her over to the desk, spinning her around so she’s facing away from me. My hands lightly skim down her arms, making their way to that glorious ass. I grab each cheek and squeeze. Her head falls back against my chest as she sighs.
I place a hand on her back and bend her forward. “Zaryk? What are …?”
Leaning over her I whisper, “Shhh, don’t think, just feel.”
I growl loudly, echoing in the night air. “I’m not going to chase after you Lyndsay!”
Stopping, she turns to face me with a startled expression on her gorgeous face.
“What is it? Is he the reason you can’t get over Kendall and me?” I move closer to her.
“Yes.” Her answer is barely a whisper.
My heart drops into the pit of my stomach. The thought of anyone hurting her touches a nerve … a big nerve. I inch closer until I’m directly in front of her. Reaching up, I glide my fingers against her neck, rubbing my thumb along her jawline. She lifts her gaze to mine.
“Tell me how he hurt you. I want to understand where this fear is coming from.”
She twists her face out of my hands and I drop them to my side. Tears are glistening in her eyes. I can’t stand to see her like this and I can’t stand how she’s making me feel right now. I can feel the fire building deep inside me. Deklan appears at the exit.
Lyndsay turns to go back inside. I’m fed up with this shit, but I don’t want to lose her. I make one last attempt and grab her arm and turn her toward me. “If you leave, you might as well take my heart with you. I won’t need it anymore, because it won’t bother to beat without you.”
Deklan freezes and watches us, his face full of concern.
I let go of her arm and she turns back toward the building. She disappears and I feel a big part of me die inside.
- Guest Post: Do you procrastinate?
If procrastination was a full-time job I’d be a billionaire. Yes, I very much so procrastinate. It’s the only way I can get things done and I work better under the pressure. As I was writing Zaryk I tried so hard to get the writing done in a timely manner, but that would lead to forcing the words out and making it sound so horrible. I had to write when my mind was ready and unfortunately is was always ready at the last minute. It was long hours into the night and last minute emails. I’m hoping to be more on task with book two.
But here I am again procrastinating with book two. I’m supposed to be done with the first draft by mid-July. I’m only 10,000 words done with 40,000 more to go at least. I have a feeling when July comes I’ll be writing like crazy. I get snippets done here and there and I have tons of them. They just need to be put into the manuscript and worked around with description and dialogue. It’ll definitely get done and it will be on time. Right now I’m working toward a publishing date of October 4, 2015 for Zayne. Even if I procrastinate again, I have faith that I will be able to get it out there in time. I’ve got this. I can do it! ☺
Character Interview (main characters)
Character's name: Zaryk and Lyndsay
Personal history (parents, siblings, history, backstory):
Zaryk: Well, uh, mom and dad have been married for almost 30 years. Mom pushed out four kids; my brothers and I are triplets, and our sister. We grew up in Luckey, Ohio and plan to stay there for the rest of our lives. It’s quiet and feels too much like home to ever leave. Dad started teaching me how to play guitar when I was five. He would teach me nursery rhymes and we’d sing for Mom.
Lyndsay: I’m the mixture of an outgoing, sarcastic mother, and a reserved, quiet father. I’m an only child and sometimes I wish I had a brother or sister to confide in. Amberlynn, my best friend, is the closest to a sister that I have. I moved to Luckey, Ohio when I was fifteen. I still live there, while my parents still live in Colorado. I’m a book lover and work in the local library.
Personality (pros & cons):
Zaryk: Pros, I’d have to go with forgiving and hardworking. I don’t have any cons. I’m perfect.
Lyndsay: He’s restless.
Zaryk: That’s true.
Lyndsay: I like to think that I’m inquisitive, open minded, and nice? Cons could be indecisive and over-thinking.
Zaryk: Hit the head on the nail there. She’s very indecisive. *Lyndsay slaps his arm* Sorry.
Zaryk: I’ll brag a bit. I’m the best damn guitarist in the world. Just don’t tell Zayden I said that. He might get jealous.
Lyndsay: I really don’t have a talent. I can recite quotes from books. Does that count?
Zaryk: I could tell them some of your talents. *winks*
Lyndsay: Don’t you dare.
Perspective on sex and feeling about opposite sex:
Zaryk: Groupies lose their luster after a while. I just want someone I can share myself with for the rest of my life.
Lyndsay: I didn’t lose my virginity until I was eighteen and I’ve only had it with two men, so I’m very careful about it. Like Zaryk said, it would be nice to have that special someone to share myself with for the rest of my life too.
What impression do you make on people when they first meet you? How about after they've known you for a while?
Zaryk: People see my mohawk, tattoos, and piercings and automatically think I’m a troublemaker. I’m really not. They realize that after they get up the nerve to talk to me.
Lyndsay: Sweet and innocent. I hate it. But they’re somewhat right. I don’t get into trouble and I make sure it stays that way. Eventually they realize that I can let loose and be wild … without getting into trouble of course. *laughing*
What's your idea of a good marriage? Do you think that'll happen in your life?
Zaryk: Maybe someday.
Lyndsay: I hope it happens one day. I think a good marriage is built on unconditional love. Sure, there will be ups and downs, but the love never falters.
Zaryk: A good marriage is solid. A married couple shouldn’t be afraid to disagree or voice how they feel. They should hold hands, even when they think they’re too old to do so. “I love you” should be spoken daily and many times. Also, little surprises are nice from time to time to keep each other feeling loved, needed, and wanted. I’m talking little love notes and little gifts here and there.
Lyndsay: *eyeing him incredulously* Wow. I wouldn’t mind all of that.
What are you most proud of about your life? (If they answer with something other than a personal statement, like a business achievement, ask "What about on a personal level?")
Zaryk: The band of course and letting go of the past and just keeping the good memories.
Lyndsay: Overcoming my irrational fears and insecurities.
What's the worst thing you've ever done to someone? Why?
Zaryk: I almost strangled a dude, literally. He destroyed something he shouldn’t have. It still ticks me off.
Lyndsay: Broke the heart of someone I love over and over for the most ridiculous reasons.
How do you feel about your life right now? What, if anything, would you like to change?
Zaryk: I’m happy, but things are still rocky. There’s a lot of tension right now because of an incident and I just hope we can all make it through.
Lyndsay: I’m very happy, but as he said, there’s a lot going on at the moment. It’s hard seeing people you care about going through such a tough time.
~ About This Author ~
C.A. Jonelle lives in a small town in Ohio with her husband, daughter, two dogs, one cat, and six fish. She's been reading for as long as she can remember.
She wrote several hundred poems in high school and started writing stories while in her late twenties. She loves a good romance book with a tattooed and pierced rock star who is plagued by the reality of life. When she's not reading or writing, you can find her spending time with her family and friends, or just catching up on her favorite shows such as Hell's Kitchen or Devious Maids.
She's currently working on the next book in the five part Twisted Epiphany series that is slated to come out in 2015.
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